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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Audiobook

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.
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Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination - the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend...real or otherwise.

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.

When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him - and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or Budo's very existence. Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds - imaginary, real, child, and adult - Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming...and heartbreaking conclusion.

©2012 Matthew Dicks (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    crystal a maddox 09-26-12
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    "Wonderfully Creative"
    Where does Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The most novel approach thus far, I loved the perspective of an imaginary friend. I also felt that the author's background (teacher) provided a unique insight to on children that are often difficult to love because they do not respond in predictable ways.


    What other book might you compare Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend to and why?

    Indomitable Will a biography of LBJ by Mark Updegrove (sp?). Both books use creative approaches in assiting the reader in gaining insights on the mindset of the main character. Mark's book provides insights on LBJ via the impressions of the participants engaged with LBJ. Dickes book uses the suppositions of the imaginary friends regarding the motivations of thier human friends. I felt Dickes book humanized that spectrum of autisim. I thought it also makes a compelling argument regarding the beneficial societal aspects of thoughtful approaches to mainstreaming children with challenges while at the same time providing a cautionary tale regarding the special protections required for the most vuneralbe children.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I loved the narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book opened me up to the wonder and magic of childhood imagination. It is also a caution regarding how we must really touch back with young ones to ensure that we understand how they are processing confusing experiences.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are a little lilmited and stilted but I suspect this is to remind us that the worldview of a child is simplistic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Siggins Oklahoma City, OK United States 09-06-12
    Jim Siggins Oklahoma City, OK United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2002

    Diamond Jim

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    "Entertaining but predictable and a little sappy."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was somewhat suspenseful but too easy to predict the ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew Dicks? Why or why not?

    I would probably consider it depending on the subject. He has a good imagination.


    Did Matthew Brown do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He successfully reminded me the way the way a child thinks


    Was Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend worth the listening time?

    It is interesting and pretty fast paced. The author took enough time to make me feel something for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story even though its a little schmaltzy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey B. 09-07-15
    Stacey B. 09-07-15
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    "Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend"

    OVERALL IMPRESSION: I actually really enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm glad that I gave it a listen, because it was great. I loved the narrator. His voice was easy to listen to and fit with the characters well. The concept of the story is really interesting. I've never read anything from a perspective like this before and it was very well done. The story line itself was interesting and exciting. There were funny moments, touching moments, sad moments and suspenseful moments. This book had it all and was a great all-around read.

    CHARACTERS: Budo was such a great character. I loved seeing the world though his eyes and watching him change throughout the story.

    COVER: I like how it's blurred out. It fits with the idea of this imaginary friend and the possibility of them fading over time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 08-18-15
    Kimberly 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print, but I really enjoyed the narration, so I'll just say yes.


    What about Matthew Brown’s performance did you like?

    When I was listening to him play the main character, I totally forgot I was listening to some random man. When he was playing Max or the other imaginary friends, I forgot they were all technically the same person. Every character had a distinct image in my head.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reunion. I cried the happiest tears a book has ever made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the angle of this book. I thought it might be cheesy, but it was really well planned out. Just read it; ad some creative happiness to your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-08-15
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    Any additional comments?

    The concept of the imaginary friend to a small child was interesting enough to keep me listening, although I did listen on fast speed to keep the story moving. Although the book didn't grab me like it did other people, I was interested enough to keep listening to see where the author was taking the characters.

    I enjoyed the interview with the author and Mrs. Gosk at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 07-14-15
    Mary 07-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Heartwarming story"

    This story was told from a point of view not often heard. The characters were so well developed, I would like to call Mr. Dicks and get an update on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denen A. Norfleet 07-13-15
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    "Was this a children's book that was mislabeled?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story had an interesting premise but it was written like a children's book. I understand it's written from the perspective of a child's imaginary friend but the author didn't have to keep repeating himself like he was talking to a child or explain simple things like what the book Pinocchio is about. I only finished it because the underlying mystery was just interesting enough that I wanted to see how it ended.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something much more sophisticated. I listened to The Nightingale right before this and loved that book. I'll be going back to historical fiction or maybe a biography.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Matthew Brown’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend?

    The first encounters with Oswald. They went on forever.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my credit/money back?

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    Lisa Jankanish 07-13-15
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    "Couldn't Stop"

    This a fabulous story from a very creative viewpoint; an imaginery friend. Budo is the delightful narrator and he is pitch perfect the whole way through. The last few chapters had me on the edge of my seat and silently screaming "GO GO GO!"

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    Minta Amelia Island, FL United States 07-12-15
    Minta Amelia Island, FL United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Charming, but who is the audience?"

    This was a wonderful book & portrays a "spectrum" boy, along with his imaginary friend, very well & very lovingly. I had a few imaginary friends & they were real; this book explains how & why they were/are.☺️

    My three "issues" w/this book are the fact that the narrator cannot pronounce many very common English words (& I'm not talking about the portrayal of some young child who might not know correct pronunciation) & didn't even bother to learn the tune of the ONE song he had to sing (a very well-known song from elementary school. Anyone who took piano should know it, as well. YouTube it, Mr. Brown!!!), plus the fact that I'm not sure who this book's main audience should be. It is narrated by an imaginary friend who is quite a bit older than the human he's friends with.

    An adult narrated this (oh! - #4 "issue"😛), yet the character wasn't supposed to be an adult. I won't rate the narrator down because it was someone else's choice to use an adult to represent a (I'd guess) 12-15 year old. It should have been one of the number of very good young narrators I've heard during my Audible tenure. The whole time, however, the story is as if he (the author) is teaching or speaking to very young children (5-7 years old, I'd say...maybe even 4-7), explaining things as if to this very young child (younger than the protagonist, who's 8). The moral points he makes that the reader is supposed to learn from are also focused towards children in a manner appropriate for them, but a leeeetle young for us adults...yet much of the material is decidedly not appropriate for young children.

    Children old/mature enough for the material would, I believe, balk at the "voice", the small-child-focused didactics, and I don't think many teens would be well-pleased, either. I still found the story charming & well worth my time. I've given it four stars (I have to not want it to ever end, for 5 stars), which should demonstrate that I think this is a very good & worthy book, with an intriguing/appealing story. I really DO suggest you listen to this...just know that the "voice" of the tale is written as for a young child, yet it is an adult or older young adult book.

    But c'mon - we all know imaginary friends are real, don't we?!?!?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Barnes Fairfax, VA 07-12-15
    Christopher Barnes Fairfax, VA 07-12-15 Member Since 2015

    Elementary Teacher, Coffee Lover, Cross-Stitcher, Audiobook Addict

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    "Bold attempt, doesn't quite live up to potential"

    I chose this book because I felt like Budo was such a unique protagonist and I liked the sound of Matthew Brown's narration. Overall, I'm glad I took the plunge and listened, because Brown's performance *did* turn out to be spot-on. The story, on the other hand... not as much. The very promising beginning (including Max's laugh-out-loud brilliant tactic for dealing with a bully) turned into a solidly suspenseful tale during the build-up to Max's kidnapping and Budo's subsequent efforts to save him. As the climax approached, however, the story began to slide into sentimentality, complete with overwrought emotional exchanges between the imaginary friends and an all-too-predictable existential crisis in the protagonist. That style would be fine in a young adult novel, but it's clear that Dicks isn't aiming for that demographic, and it comes across as clunky and unbelievable to adult eyes/ears. Personally, I could have done without the epilogue, as well---I would have preferred for Dicks to have resisted the temptation to wrap things up so neatly---but that could be considered a matter of taste.

    The short of it? Brown's narration and the quality of the first 3/4 of the story make Memoirs a worthwhile listen. Just don't go into it with your hopes *too* high; despite its promise, Memoirs ends up just being slightly better-than-average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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